It’s no secret that any type of amputation will change your life. Just like anything in your life, it is up to you on how you handle it and what type of attitude you will have around the situation. We understand that is easier said than done so we wanted to provide you with some ideas that might help. These ones might not work for you, the important thing is you find what does. Our hope is these ideas lead you down the path of positivity to create a happy and confident life as an amputee.
Think about your future and set goals that you can reach. Make your goals realistic and tell your family and friends about them. This will help to keep you accountable plus they can give you encouragement when your goals seem unattainable. Goals can be short or long term, it’s important to find the time to decide what they are and go after them!
Celebrate Little Victories
When you are feeling down, look at the positives in life no matter how big or small they are. This doesn’t mean there has be a big celebration, no parties necessary. Tell a friend what you are proud of that day. Maybe you completed a simple task that you haven’t been able to do since your amputation. It could even be as simple as the sun shining that day. Combat negativity with positivity, it will make your life better and will spread to the people around you.
There are Going to be Bad Days
Everyone is allowed to have bad days, find strategies that will help you have a better day the next day. Don’t dwell on the bad day. Try to have the good days outweigh the bad, seek professional help if necessary. There is no shame in this, taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health, especially when you are going through a big change in your life.
Talk About Your Feelings
Good, bad or anything in between, find someone who you can talk about your feelings with. Perhaps, someone from your family or a friend, who is good at listening. Depending on where you are located, there are many options for amputee support groups. You could find a person who has gone through an amputation themselves. They may understand the stages of feelings you are going through. They could help you to navigate all of the emotions you are feeling.
To help you feel in control, ask questions! Don’t be afraid to ask your healthcare professionals any questions you might have. The more information you have the less uncertainty and stress you may feel, especially in the initial stages of your amputation. Adjusting to your new life as an amputee will take time, be patient with yourself and do your best to stay positive!
If you are interested in talking with WinPO’s Peer Support Specialist, please let us know and we can make the necessary arrangements. All conversations are kept confidential.